Here is my homemade vanilla extract. This is the first time I have made any, but I can't wait to use it in a recipe. It is very simple to make, all you have to do is add some vanilla beans into vodka, let it sit for a month, and the strain it through cheese cloth. It is as simple as that. This is the real thing, not some imitation. I will for sure be using this in my zucchini bread this year that I make for market. I just strained it today and it looks, smells and tastes great!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
4 split vanilla beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pint cognac or vodka
Place vanilla beans and cognac or vodka in a sterilized pint jar. Cap and seal.
Let stand in a cool dark place 1 month. Shake bottle gently from time to time.
Pour liquid through a cheesecloth into a sterilized pint jar. Seal tightly, and store in a cool dark place.